Soceroos legend Tim Cahill has called time on his illustrious international career at age 38.
Cahill retires as Australia’s leading international goal scorer with 50 goals from 107 caps.
The Socceroos star took to Twitter to speak to his fans and thank everyone who supported him. He posted a collection of pictures with the caption reading:
“Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos.
No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country. Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge.”
Cahill may go down as the greatest player to ever put on that green and gold jersey. Not the most skilled or fastest player on the pitch, but he found ways to score for the team in vital moments.
The 38-year-old took part in four World Cups, a number that will likely remain as the record for a long time in Australia.
Players who had the opportunity to play alongside the legend speak in awe of how he conducted himself and the presence he had in the locker room.
Newly appointed head coach Graham Arnold now has a big hole to fill as the team moves on without its legendary marksman.
In the wake of his retirement, fans and players alike are expressing their gratitude for what the superstar gave to them and their country.
No questioning what Tim Cahill did for the Australian national team. The facts speak for themselves. Record goal scorer, did it at three World Cups, got our first ever WC goal. For casual fans he’ll always be the benchmark for what a Socceroos should be.
— Rudi (@RudiEdsall) July 17, 2018
Thank you to all you’ve done for Australian football. Kicking a ball around for the Muswellbrook Golden Eagles 29 years ago I never imagined that football would be recognised and respected among as many Australians as it is today. Largely thanks to you ✊
— Timmy Johnston (@iamampersandAU) July 17, 2018
— SBS – The World Game (@TheWorldGame) July 17, 2018
A legendary career that Cahill can definitely look back on with pride and have no feeling of regret. Australians will forever look back and thank the man for his contribution to soccer in this country.